At the Australian Open, Karen Khachanov has advanced to his fourth Major quarterfinal. Karen, who was born in 1990, joined Jannik Sinner and Matteo Berrettini as the third player to reach the last eight at all four Major tournaments.
In an hour and 58 minutes at John Cain Arena, Karen defeated Yoshihito Nishioka 6-0, 6-0, 7-6 to advance to his second consecutive Major quarterfinal. In the first two sets, the Russian was the sole player on the court. He delivered a double bagel in 46 minutes, advancing him closer to the finish line.
In the third set, the Japanese upped his game, making it to a tie break, but losing it 7-4 to help his opponent win. Khachanov made 30 winners, 23 unforced mistakes, and 15 aces. After getting the initial serve in, Karen won 43 of the next 46 points and was only broken once.
For a 6-0, 6-0, 2-0 lead, he produced seven straight serve breaks. The Japanese only managed one break in the third set, but it was enough to keep things interesting and prevent a total disaster.
For the first time, Karen Khachanov is in the Australian Open quarterfinals.
After a close contest in the more advanced exchanges, Karen decisively defeated Yoshihito in the shortest range up to four strokes.
In the second game of the match, a left-handed Japanese suffered an early loss due to a forehand spray blunder. After the opponent’s errant forehand in the fourth game, Khachanov broke once more, and in game six, he completed the opening break for a 6-0 victory in just 26 minutes.
The second set was the most lopsided on the ATP Tour this season, with Nishioka giving it all but two points. Since the first game, Khachanov has scored 20 points in a row and earned his second bagel in a matter of 20 minutes, helping him advance to the finish line.
Beginning the third set with a break point after playing more than the whole second, Nishioka blew it. In game two, Khachanov defeated him, starting a string of 14 victories straight and extending his dominance. In game three, Yoshihito eventually broke his losing trend thanks to a break that gave him more energy.
The next games remained tied at 4-4 with to strong serving from both players. In game nine, Karen stopped victors from converting two break points, giving the returners no additional opportunities before the tie break. The servers took the first nine points, and after the opponent’s backhand error, Khachanov took the lead at 5-4.
In the tenth point, Nishioka sprayed a forehand error that put him 6-4 behind and gave his opponent two match points. When the Japanese sent a forehand wide, the Russian took advantage to become the first player ever from Russia to reach Melbourne’s round of eight.